Officer, Chief Economist Team, Competition and State Aid Directorate

EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 05

Position description

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 500 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs 75 staff members of 16 nationalities. ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.

Role Description

ESA is recruiting an Economist for its Competition and State Aid Directorate (CSA).

CSA is a multi-disciplinary team comprising both economists and lawyers and enforces the competition and state aid rules of the EEA Agreement. These rules largely mirror the competition rules in the EU, both with regard to antitrust and state aid control. In the field of competition, the bigger share of CSA’s work is focused on cases of abuse of dominance. In state aid, CSA’s portfolio is broad and diverse.

The successful candidate will work within a small team co-ordinated by the Chief Economist and will report to the Director of CSA. They will be responsible for ensuring a high standard of economic reasoning and analysis in the state aid and competition cases dealt with by ESA.

ESA is looking for a person with a solid academic record and practical experience in the application of financial economics and/or industrial organisation, e.g. in the fulfilment of advisory or analytical functions in state aid and/or competition cases and policy. Knowledge of the application of economics in a regulatory environment, particularly in the field of electronic communications, would also be desirable.

Tasks will include:

  • Applying financial economics and/or industrial organisation to the Authority’s general state aid and competition casework. This will involve participating in state aid and competition case teams and performing qualitative and quantitative economic analysis on financial and competition issues;
  • Communicating technical economic concepts in a clear and accessible manner, both verbally and in writing (e.g. by drafting parts of state aid and competition decisions), including to non-economists;
  • Providing general guidance on methodological issues of economics and quantitative techniques in the application of the EEA state aid and competition rules;
  • Monitoring and participating in international working groups and other fora with other competition and regulatory authorities, including the European Commission.


The following are essential:

  • Postgraduate degree (Master’s degree or higher) in economics or financial analysis/accounting;
  • Sound knowledge of the legal framework of the EEA/EU, in particular of the state aid and/or competition rules;
  • Solid knowledge and competence in the analysis of the economic aspects of state aid and/or competition enforcement;
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant professional experience;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (the working language of the Authority);
  • Excellent organisational, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team in an international environment;
  • Excellent IT skills, in particular with Microsoft Excel.

The following are desirable:

  • Specialisation in financial economics and/or industrial organisation and practical experience in the analysis of state aid and/or competition cases;
  • A background in the application of competition economics in a regulatory environment;
  • Experience in using empirical/quantitative techniques applicable in state aid and/or competition cases;
  • Knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of one of the EEA EFTA States, in particular Norway;
  • Experience of using econometric software;
  • Experience with ‘dawn raids’ in the field of competition;
  • Experience with the EEA regulatory framework for electronic communications.

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